VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, May 19, 2016 – On Friday May 27, 2016, the annual ‘Food 4 Thought’ will take place in support of the Backpack Buddies program. The annual gala will be a festive gathering to celebrate the success of the Backpack Buddies program and to raise funds to provide students in Vancouver’s inner city schools with backpacks filled with nutritious food to help sustain them through the weekend.
The gala will take place in the Settlement building where guests will have the opportunity to mix, mingle, enjoy fine food and wine, and be entertained by a surprise performance by favorite local indie rock band.
Supported by children for children, Backpack Buddies services 8 recipient schools in Vancouver from Surry to North Vancouver. In operation since 2012, the program provides over 1010 children on a bi-weekly basis with backpacks for the weekend filled with breakfasts, lunches, and dinners plus snacks, yogurt, cheese, and fresh fruit.
While students in Vancouver rely heavily on free or reduced price breakfast and lunch during the school week, these same kids go home to meager or no meals on the weekend. 1 in 5 children in British Columbia suffer from food insecurity. Studies have shown that without adequate nutrition, children have difficulty learning and are at risk of developing serious health conditions. Backpack Buddies knows that hunger doesn’t take the weekend off, and works to help disadvantaged children get the nutrition they need to grow, learn and develop.
Tickets for the ‘Food for Thought’ are priced at $110.00 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/food-4-thought-tickets-25181263838. All proceeds from the event will go back to supporting the Backpack Buddies program.
About Backpack Buddies: Backpack Buddies delivers backpacks of food to the most vulnerable children of our inner city schools. Backpack Buddies focuses on kids helping kids, engaging youth in community and creating an avenue for children of all backgrounds to come together. For more information, visit www. www.communityfirstfoundation.ca/initiatives/backpackbuddies.
About Community First Foundation: Community First Foundation is dedicated to providing food to children in need and in engaging community involvement in food security issues. The mandate of the foundation is to help ensure food security for children in our own community. Community First Foundation was founded by mother daughter duo Joanne and Emily-Anne Griffiths and grew organically out of the Backpack Buddies Program, the foundation’s first initiative. For more information, visit www.communityfirstfoundation.ca